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of afghanistan today ordered all u.s. special operations forces to leave an embattled area of that country within two weeks because of torture and other allegations against afghans working with the americans. the area is wardak province, not far from kabul. for more on this, we turn to nbc pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, what is this all about? >> lester, this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials, taken totally by surprise. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condone or took part in any kidnappings, torture or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. now, in the past, president karzai has taken the u.s. military to task, in part, to show the afghan people that he's in charge. but wardak province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan. so if karzai's playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game, lester. >> could this derail the planned 2014 withdrawal of the majority of troops, the schedule the administration is currently sticking with? >> well, people are already wondering that. president obama has already a
if the flea market will still be there. >>> with the u.s. supreme court hearing on prop eight just weeks away, the state attorney general has filed her arguments with the court. she says the backers of prop eight have no legal standing in the case. harris claims the group, called protect marriage, isn't hurt by the practice of allowing same sex marriage couples to marry. the high court will hear arguments on this issue on march 26th. >> two days and counting until sequestration and $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. they don't have a negotiation scheduled until friday. the president is purposely waiting until the last minute so he can blame the gop. if no deal is made, schools and airports will face cuts. 52% of americans actually want sequestration to happen, or have congress cut more spending. >>> coming up, a deadly shark encounter at a popular tourist spot. >>> you see a little girl walk into the boy's bathroom, that's setting her up in an unsafe situation. >> too young to be trancegender? the elementary school battle. >> and the latest on the billionaires shopping spree. >>> and i'm
. president johnson signed the voting rights act in 1965 at the u.s. capitol. fast forward, 48 years. >> i barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> reporter: now with the first african-american president re-elected and more minority in congress and state houses, shelby county, alabama, south of birmingham, says the law renewed in 2006 is so outdated, it's no longer constitutional. >> the america that elected barack obama is not the america of our parents. and our grandparents. >> reporter: the law requires states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing how they conduct elections. all or part of eight southern states are covered. also arizona, alaska and parts of six others. it was used just last year to block strict voter i.d. laws in texas and south carolina. >> it deters and blocks voting discrimination in places in the country where that discrimination has been the most persistent and adaptive. >> reporter: today, the court's four liberals strongly defended it. justice kaygan said the formula for figuring which state needs to be covered seems to be wo
much for that. >>> there's word that u.s. may be changing its policy on aid to rebels in syria. nbc news has been told by senior official that is the u.s. will announce some aid will be given directly to certain syrian opposition groups rather than through nongovernmental agencies. the nonlethal aids could include body armor military training, and vehicles, but not weapons. the uprising against president bashar al assad began in 2011. >>> the u.s. supreme court is expected to make an important decision about the voting rights act by june. the high court heard arguments on a key part of the law that requires states with a history of civil rights discrimination to get permission in advance before changing their voting laws. shelby county, alabama, brought the case saying the law was outdated. outside the court hundreds of protesters from shelby county rallied to support the law as it is. the nine justices are expected to meet in private to discuss the merits of the case. >>> it is time now for weather. bill karens is here with the forecast. good morning. >> a rainy forecast in the nor
for duty and did his job very well. becoming a highly lethal sniper for u.s. special forces in iraq, later writing a best-selling book about his combat experience. chris kyle, former navy s.e.a.l., was working with veterans with ptsd during an outing at a shooting range when he was shot and killed. he was 38 years old. a fellow veteran has been charged with his murder. >>> american hero was honored today at the white house. president obama awarded the medal of honor to retired army staff sergeant clinton romesha for his incredible bravery during one of the most fierce attacks in our nation's longest war. after today's emotional ceremony in the east room, there are now 80 living recipients of our nation's highest award for military valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter:
but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned about u.s. border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed, who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> you got a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home. >> it was unsafe. i couldn't -- i couldn't see raising our children -- you know, i was afraid to let the kids go out, even during the day. >> reporter: residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime, it is relatively quiet, but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. recently, neighboring rancher jim chilton found a mexican drug smuggler's camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. the next day ther
patients can avoid side effects. >>> the fight to honor the bay area's history of hard work for the u.s. navy. >> that's why. i'm sorry. that's why this is so special. >> coming up, we'll tell you why one city is resisting the effort to tribute a shipyard. >>> it happened again. find out where in california people reported this fire ball in the sky. >>> and punishment after this college baseball brawl. >>> a makeshift memorial sits on the vegas strip tonight where oakland native kenneth cherry and two others lost their lives. after he was shot, his maserati ran the red light and setoff that explosion. he had a few run ins with the law and a misdemeanor gun conviction from berkeley, but none of that takes away from his killing. >> the first thing was it will get sensational ized. >> a four-state manhunt is on for the gunman who shot cherry. >>> how about this? on the way to get a marriage license and a police officer sprung into action. he arrested a robber on a b.a.r.t. train. >> a woman was yelling he has my purse. someone whipped out a taser and tried to tase help. that did not work.
or serious effort to stop it. in fact, with all of this going on, all of this looming, the u.s. senate made a point of reading george washington's farewell address to the chamber today. something they do every year. but, of course, this is no ordinary time, and to the white house we go. nbc's peter alexander standing by there. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. there is bipartisan agreement on one thing, that those sequester cuts will likely go ahead as planned at the end of this week. the white house and congressional republicans have made no progress toward a deal. while there was plenty of talking today, almost all of it was critical of the other side. the latest in the parade of public officials issuing dire warnings, homeland security secretary janet napolitano asked if the cuts would increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack. napolitano went there. >> we're going to do everything we can to minimize that risk but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough. >> reporter: back from a ten-day recess, house speaker john boehner. >> if the president was seri
: there will be more foreign policy in tonight's speech, including an announcement that 34,000 u.s. soldiers will be coming home from afghanistan in the next year. while reducing gun violence will only be a small part of the president's speech, it's a big part of tonight's atmospherics. watching from the balcony will be several families from the tragic newtown school shooting, the parent of hadiya pendleton, a teenager who was shot and killed in chicago last month. and gabrielle giffords in this new anti-violence gun ad. >> take it from me, congress must act. let's get this done. >> reporter: following the president, its republicans chose marco rubio to deliver earth response in both spanish and english. of course, will be the president's cabinet. a lot of the new choices will not be there like the defense -- the person up for defense secretary, chuck hagel, but chuck hagel is a step closer tonight, brian. he got through a key committee and there might be a full vote on his confirmation by as early as thursday. >> chuck todd, we'll see more of you later tonight. thanks. >>> and let's bring i
of it is a veteran u.s. congressman from california, who is trying to find the solution. tonight, as part of our special nbc news series on guns in america, our report from tom brokaw. >> i've been 100% on this gun issue. >> reporter: that is a common refrain on capitol hill these days, and congressman mike thompson is no exception. as a vietnam veteran and a hunter, he knows guns. >> i just want to let everybody know from the beginning that i'm a hunter. i'm a gun owner. and i believe that law-abiding citizens have a second amendment right to own firearms. >> reporter: his home district is california's famed wine country, napa valley. >> congressman, nobody thinks about this part of california in terms of hunting and shooting. this is wine country. i mean, it's celebrated in films and even mocked a little bit. but when you were a boy, it was prime hunting country. >> right here, used to hunt ducks on this river. there's farm ponds all over. we used to jump shoot ducks there. >> reporter: and napa still is gun country. at a january town hall, emotions were white-hot. >> the second amendment clea
france on a team sponsored by the u.s. postal service. the government today joined a lawsuit that had been filed earlier by one of his teammates, floyd landis. it says armstrong violated a strict ban on illegal drugs, all the while claiming he never used them. the government says armstrong and his team owners cheated the postal service out of at least $30 million that it paid to sponsor his racing team. but armstrong's lawyers say tonight the postal service's own study show it benefited tremendously from its sponsorship, benefits totalling more than $100 million. the justice department says lance armstrong's confessional television interview will be a factor as this goes forward, brian. >> pete williams in d.c. for us tonight. pete, thanks. >>> now to that huge winter storm that left parts of the midwest buried in snow overnight. it's all headed northeast now with new england looking at its third weekend in a row with significant precipitation and high winds. nbc's john yang in chicago covering for us. >> reporter: across the midwest, the day after the storm brought more treacherous t
's dance moves, mrs. obama gave him a "b." >>> the jersey worn by the captain of the u.s. olympic hockey team which won the so-called miracle on ice went up for auction. the game took place in the 1980 winter games and is widely considered one of the greatest sporting events ever played. the mostly amateur team usa beat a dominant russian squad 4-3 before going on to win cold. the jersey is expected to win at least $1 million. >>> at least one midwestern resident enjoyed the terrible weather that region has seen this past week. berlin the bear. appeared to have a grand old time frolicking around in the snow like a puppy. berlin is being housed at a zoo in kansas city because her normal home in duluth is flooded. >>> from the music world a sad note to report about the passing of a one-time member of the temptations. ♪ >> otis harris sang the lead on the 1972 hit "papa was a rolling stone." he was the youngest member of the group, auditioning when he was just 21 years old. he earned three grammy awards with the temptations before leaving the group in 1975. his family tells us wilson died
, as always. >>> 20 years ago today, our nation entered a new era of terrorism on u.s. soil, yet, that realization took a while to sink in at first. a truck bomb went off in the basement parking garage of the old world trade center in new york, a place we now call ground zero after those buildings were taken down by terrorists on 9/11. the attack 20 years ago killed six people, injured 1,000 more. americans were glued to the tv coverage that day showing the coughing victims emerging in the light snowfall, many people covered in soot. >>> still ahead for us, as our broadcast continues, we'll talk about this alarming trend, an increase in advanced breast cancer cases among young women. >>> and later, a pair of trailblazing brothers making incredible music and inspiring the next generation in the process. ♪ >>> we mentioned this earlier. there are some alarming headlines out tonight about breast cancer in younger women. a new analysis shows advanced breast cancer cases are up among women ages 25 to 39. our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman, is in our new york studios with
% of californians think simple possession of drugs should be a misdemeanor. >>> with the u.s. supreme court hearing just weeks away from hearing prop 8, arguments have been filed with the court. she claims the backers of prop 8, which bans same sex marriage, have no legal standing in this case. harris claims the group protect marriage isn't hurt by the pr practice of allowing same sex couples to marry and since they can't enforce laws they have no standing in whether they should be repealed. the lie court will hear arguments on march 26th. >>> it was an emotional farewell from pope benedict xvi as thousands of people gathered at vatican city. tomorrow he will step down leaving the roman catholic church and its 1 billion worldwide follow eers without a pope. marianne joins us from the vatican. marianne? >> reporter: raj, pope benedict xvi spoke of the burdens of his office as well as the joy. st. peters square alive with excitement as the first pope in six centuries chooses to resign revealing at 85 years old he no longer has the stamina to leave the roman catholic church. >> i will continue to acco
to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad regime is russia. he will meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. as he continues what he's calling a listening tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell, traveling with the secretary in london, this morning, thank you. # >>> more legal trouble for the >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meantime oscar pistorius is free on bail as he awaits murder charges in the death of reeva steenka steen
reforms, and that's causing concerns that europe's debt crisis could get even worse, rattling u.s. markets. separately, though, home depot reporting strong earnings this morning. home improvement retailer thanking the turnaround in housing as well as all that repair work done in the wake of super storm sandy for those increasing profits. natalie? >> courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange, thanks. >>> airports, as you know, can be very frustrating places but there is no reason to get this angry. take a look. chinese government official flew into an epic tantrum when he learned he had missed his flight -- actually, his second flight that he missed. he took his anger out on airport staff and two innocent computers. the video has gone viral on chinese social media and now he has been suspended from his post and he faces punishment charges. guys, you'll notice security is standing off behind that rope there. turns out because he outranks the security guards, they were afraid to step in, if you can believe that. >> that and a chair. >> yeah. >> you might be able to say former government
it threatens. u.s. national security. he says the united states will continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. and as matt mentioned a moment ago, the security council at the u.n. meeting at this moment to discuss tightening and increasing sanctions against 2340r9 korea, but all of that is for not unless china steps up and takes some responsibility here and itself imposes tougher restrictions on oil shipments and other supplies to north korea. but, you know, at the same time this is an indication that any hopes that the current 29-year-old north korean leader kim jong ill is different than his father. this nuclear test overnight is an indication that he, like his father, are intent on becoming a nuclear power, savannah. >> jim, i know we recently saw in january some very threatening language coming out of the north korean leadership, so this is something the u.s. is watching very, very closely. jim at the pentagon for us. thank you. now here's matt. >>> savannah, thank you. we're learning more about thorng about the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of p
trick to the u.s. john covered the vatican for 30 years. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned, without a doubt. and i think it may be the finest legacy to the church. he brought the papacy into the modern age. >> to choose the successor is somewhere between march 15th and march 020th. all the cardinals who will vote are coming to rome on february 28th. watch this week to see if we get a new date for the concave. >> ann, thank you. >> time for a check of the morning's other top stories. jenna enjoys the morning off. tom, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. a traumatic experience for a minnesota family flying to atlanta when a woman said the man silting next to her on the plane slapped her toddler on the face. you would have no idea anything bad happened to him. when he became fussy the man called him derogatory names and slapped him. the man accused of slapping the little boy was arrested. >>> violence overseas after a series of car bombs in baghdad. iraqi officials say they were targeting outdoor markets. >>> in nigeria, seven workers kidnapped from the work site
it as a real change. secretary of state kerry wants to show that he's taking the position seriously. >> the u.s. now saying it will provide nonlethal aid to the opposition. describe. >> they've already been doing that. i think what you're seeing is more nonlethal aid. the united states until now mob providing communication mostly radio. about $50 million. today, secretary kerry said there will be another $60 million, another toe in the water, if you will, toward the opposition to provide them with food. to provide them with money. to help govern liberated areas. it's significant, because when you put another toe in the water, there's a possibility that you're going to jump in with the full body. but that's not what we're seeing right now. it's non -- military aid, nonlethal aid. it's a little more. >> there has always been some reluctance on the part of the administration, as you said to dive too deeply into this concept of syria. and one of the areas they cite is not knowing who the opposition is. and the concern there might be al qaeda among the opposition fighters. what would you say to that
in new york. coming up from here, we'll talk to one of the u.s. cardinals who will help elect the next pope. as you know, the church has dealt with a lot of controversies and challenges in recent years. what are the cardinals looking for in the next leader? we'll get into that, matt. >> savannah, i don't want to telltales out of school, but you flew to rome overnight with cardinal dolan of new york. so, did you ask him who he might be voting for? >> it's possible. i may have asked him a few more questions. listen, if i had any confessions to make, it was extremely handy. we highway good chat and talked about the big decision facing him. he mentioned he is new at this as well. this will be his first conclave. i think he is looking forward to getting more information as well. >> i can just see you getting close to him as he was sleeping to see if he was talking in his sleep. we'll let you go at that. >> i know. and trying to get the wine over there, too, but no, no. i would noefr do that. >>> this sounds like something out of the movies. one man out west decided to bury his multimillion
that very reverberated throughout europe and the u.s. and for that he apologized. >> the innocent victims of this crime. >> he has taken on modern issues, speaking about climate change and starting twitter, facebook, and youtube accounts while reinforcing the stand on homosexuality. he will eventually move into a residence in the vatican. they are hoping to elect a new pope by the end of march before he's star easter. he will not be able to vote for his successor because he's over the age of 80. >> michelle, thank you. >>> los angeles police department is hoping that a $1 million reward will lead to new clues in the search for former cop, christopher dorner, accused of killing a police officer and a couple engaged to be married. sources say he dumped his police uniform and ammunition the morning after the first two murders last weekend. his trail went cold in the mountains three miles outside of los angeles. >>> and now for a look for what is trending today, a quick round-up of what has you trending online. spotify has released the top songs for valentine's day. topping the list is "i won
, in ninth grade. he hadn't had u.s. history yet. i didn't think that he was going to get the question about history when i saw the category military guys because even in the turn he hadn't been getting a lot of the military or american history questions. >> wow! sizing up the competition. >> we're going to play our own game of jeopardy right now. >> it's all on you. it's all on him. >> no, it's not. >> yes, it is. >> we didn't rig it like that. which president was the only one to be elected twice but not in a row? was it -- [ buzzer ] >> grover cleveland. >> yeah, it was grover cleveland. yeah. >> very good. >> all right. >> we're doing great so far. >> when you say "we." >> you mean leonard? >> me and leonard. >> i was actually going to give you a multiple choice. >> i don't think that's going to be happening a lot. >> i wouldn't have even needed to know a president. which president gave camp david its name after his father and grandson? >> eisenhower. >> dwight d. eisenhower is correct. that's an old person answer. >> that's good. tied 1-1 now. >> question three, folks. here we go. which
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